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The Benefits of Organic Meat

Jan 29, 2020

When you eat meat, choosing organic is especially important, because meat production can have cascading effects on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. There is a long chain of resources that support the animals used for meat production. Choosing organic at the grocery store has an added value when it comes to supporting sustainable production, because you are not only ensuring that the animals are not raised with synthetic chemicals and have high welfare standards, but also that all the food that animals eat comes from organic sources that support soil health and biodiversity.

This Organic Center project synthesizes scientific literature that shows the differences in the way organic meat is produced, and why those differences are important for the health of the animals, the health and safety of consumers, the health of the soil and the impacts on climate change. Specifically, we are looking at the different standards for organic meat production and how that improves the nutritional value of organic meat, while simultaneously reducing exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides. We’ll also look at how organic meat production has fewer negative effects on the off-farm environment, and can help reduce impacts on climate change by storing more carbon in pasture, which offsets greenhouse gas emissions.

Putting the right kind of meat on the table can make a difference for your health, the health of your communities, and the environment. Make sure you choose organic!

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